The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced last week that County Agricultural Commissioners could start registering prospective hemp growers. Unfortunately, the process for actually becoming a producer remains unclear.
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- Monterrey County Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales said regulations for the crop are still being developed. Merely registering doesn’t give you the green light to grow.
- Gonzales said his county has signed up its first producer, but many unknowns remain. “We needed to have more guidance. The forms to fill out, how to deal with questions that are not addressed yet. We have been meeting with CDFA to try and find all of those details out,” he said.
- Humboldt County ended its hemp ban, with Fifth District Supervisor Steve Madrone the lone no vote. A frequent cannabis opponent, Madrone said cannabis laws are too heavy and a crash may be in the future. “The industry is struggling on many, many levels,” he said.
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